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The Queen of the South


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Arturo Perez-Reverte's novels have captivated readers around the world and earned him a reputation as "the master of the intellectual thriller" (Chicago Tribune). Originally a war correspondent, he now writes fiction full-time. His novels include the Captain Alatriste series, The Flanders Panel, The Club Dumas, The Fencing Master, The Seville Communion, The Nautical Chart, The Queen of the South, and What We Become. His books have been published in fifty countries.He is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy. He lives near Madrid, Spain.


Readers of Perez-Reverte's sixth thriller won't be able to turn the pages fast enough: the author of The Club Dumas, The Seville Communion and other literary adventure novels now tackles the gritty world of drug trafficking in Mexico, southern Spain and Morocco, offering a frightening, fascinating look at the international business of transporting cocaine and hashish as well as a portrait of a smart, fast, daring and lucky woman, Teresa Mendoza. As the novel opens, Teresa's phone rings. She doesn't have to answer it: the phone is a special one given to her by her boyfriend, drug runner and expert Cessna pilot Guero Davila. He has warned her that if a call ever came, it meant he was dead, and that she had to run for her own life. On the lam, Teresa leaves Mexico for Morocco, where she keeps a low profile transporting drug shipments with her new lover. But after a terrible accident and a brief stint in prison, Teresa's on her own again. She manages to find her way, but Teresa is no mere survivor: gaining knowledge in every endeavor she becomes involved in and using her own head for numbers and brilliant intuition, she eventually winds up heading one of the biggest drug traffic rings in the Mediterranean. Spanning 12 years and introducing a host of intriguing, scary characters, from Teresa's drug-addicted prison comrade to her former assassin turned bodyguard, the novel tells the gripping tale of "a woman thriving in a world of dangerous men." Agent, Howard Morhaim. (June) Forecast: Like Perez-Reverte's previous novels, this one is an international bestseller. It should hit big here too, released in a 100,000 printing and backed by an author tour. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Best-selling Spanish novelist Perez-Reverte's latest book, about a young woman's unexpected rise from humble roots on the streets of Culiacan in Sinaloa, Mexico, to the position of a major Mediterranean drug "kingpin," is not a typical tale of drug trafficking and the violence that surrounds it. Teresa Mendoza, the queen of the book's title, transcends traditional depictions of drug villains. The story shifts between the perspective of a journalist searching for the truth about the legendary Queen of the South and the actual events of Teresa's life. The journalist's search mirrors Teresa's personal struggle to discover, or perhaps recover, her identity. Lina Patel's compelling narration expresses well the delicate balance between vulnerability and strength in Perez-Reverte's heroine. Highly recommended for all general library collections.-Philip Bader, Pasadena, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Praise for The Queen of the South

"John Le Carre meets Gabriel Garcia Marquez...Perez-Reverte has a huge following...and it's spreading."-
The Wall Street Journal "A modern-day epic...bearing the unmistakable ring of authenticity and a slam-bang narrative sure to resonate with legions of appreciative readers...All the core elements, after all, are here: love, violence, betrayal and honor."-Los Angeles Times"The Da Vinci Code
and The Rule of Four...pale in comparison with Perez-Reverte novels...Perez-Reverte shines in some white-knuckles action sequences...but his greatest triumph is [his] heroine."-Time Out New York"Perez-Reverte's literary thriller explodes with history, heartbreak [and] determination...An epic suspense story of heart and grit."-Entertainment Weekly (Editor's Choice)

"The hand of a master is apparent even in the novel's opening line...This sweeping tale of drug-running and an engrossing yet literary tale of an embattled heroine on the run for her life."-Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"A heart-stopping narrative...It's a rare novelist who can create a literary page-turner. Perez-Reverte is one of those rarities."-The Denver Post

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